Modern Foreign Languages

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling – it is an asset for life. If you speak one or more languages, research shows that your brain is more flexible and efficient than that of someone who only speaks their mother tongue.

  • French is spoken officially in more than 30 countries worldwide.
  • Studying a language will provide you with a wider range of career opportunities in various fields.
  • In every environment, speaking languages gives you access to a whole new world: music, the internet, cultural history, people you would never have met.  This applies to the workplace as much as anywhere else.

What will I study?

  • How to communicate with others in French.
  • How to use language imaginatively and creatively.
  • How to develop languages skills which can be transferred to English.
  • How to describe, explain and justify your thoughts and ideas on the following relevant topics: identity and culture, local area, holiday and travel, school, future aspirations and the global/international dimension


  • Paper 1: listening exam (25%)
  • Paper 2: speaking exam (25%) role play, response to picture stimulus and conversation
  • Paper 3: reading and understanding exam (25%) texts in French with answers in French plus translation tasks
  • Paper 4: writing exam (25%) creative, spontaneous response plus translation tasks.

Learning French at Sexey’s

At Sexey’s School, all students learn French to the end of Key Stage 3 and use Studio books in Year 7, 8 and 9 as the main course book. At the start of Year 7 students are taught in set groups. There are 5 lessons a fortnight. From KS4, there are 6 lessons a fortnight (rising to 9 lessons a fortnight in KS5). All students have conversation lessons in groups with our French Assistant where speaking and listening skills are reinforced on a regular basis. Students learning French in class

We aim to enthuse our students for languages through stimulating and challenging lessons delivered through a wide variety of teaching and learning styles, which we are continually seeking to develop. Emphasis is placed on the spoken language and building up students’ confidence to enable them to use and enjoy using the foreign language.

Lessons are conducted primarily in the target language. We have classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, internet access, and we have an extensive range of audio-visual material including using ‘ActiveLearn’ to supplement the course. Lessons are also held in the computer room where students can work individually with language learning software to consolidate topic work and grammar.

We have a good range of extra reading material which is used in lessons and students are encouraged to take books and magazines out of the library and read for pleasure.

In Years 10-11, students sit the Edexcel GCSE examination. The students can further practice for listening and speaking skills with our French Assistant who works with them in groups.

The MFL Department also runs culture and speaking/listening clubs in French and Spanish during lunchtimes, as well as Mandarin and Arabic Clubs.